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Recent books by faculty and alumni

Posted: 6/26/2017 1:38:47 PM

LSA has added some books to your summer reading list. From novels to poems to timely nonfiction, these recent books written by faculty and alumni will entertain and educate you.

Included are a number of English grads/creative writing MFA alumni:

  • Ian Bassingthwaighte ("Live from Cairo")
  • Samiya Bashir ("Field Theories")
  • Mary Gaitskill ("Somebody with a Little Hammer")



Questioning, Inside and Out

Posted: 6/1/2017 9:35:04 AM

As a student at Michigan, Geyer knew from her first classes that she wanted to be a filmmaker. She took every documentary film production class that she could find, competing with other students for coveted time with then-scarce recording equipment.

Geyer also studied literature, double majoring in English and in the Program in Film and Video, predecessor to today's Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. Geyer found that the former expanded her interest and ability in the latter.


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Poetry at The University of Michigan

Posted: 3/31/2017 3:42:18 PM

1. Michigan’s MFA (Master's of Fine Arts) program is ranked second in the Nation, only behind Iowa.




2.  Current Poets

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Current poets at Michigan today include Van Jordan, Jamaal May, and Linda Gregerson.



3. Robert Frost taught at Michigan!


Frost at home on Pontiac Trail.

Robert Frost, who taught at Michigan from 1921-1926, was the first major poet to ever be invited to become a professor in the country.



4. But Theodore Rothekey did not.


Theodore Rothekey, who is now regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation, was not hired by the University due to suffering from a recent mental breakdown.



5. We love poetry, and we love love.


Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall, two well known American poets, met while at the University of Michigan and later married.



6. We have inspiring women.


Tarfia Faizullah, a current visiting professor, was honored and included on Harvard Law’s list of  “Women Inspiring Change”. Other women on the list include former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Find the list here.)



7. And inspiring men, too!


Robert Hayden, who went on to become the first African American Poet Laureate, was both a student and professor at U of M.



8. #ThankYouHelenZell


The UM Helen Zell Writers’ program became permanently funded when the Zell Foundation, led by Helen Zell, donated $50 million to the university in 2013.



9. People love to hang out with us.


UM Helen Zell Writers’ program brings prominent poets and fiction writers to campus every semester, recently including Louis Gluck, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Alison Bechdel.



10. Every year, new poets come to The University of Michigan and join its lasting legacy.  


Maybe you will be next!




Make sure you come out and learn more about the #PoetsofMichigan at the Poets at Michigan, Then and Now Symposium, a part of the Bicentennial celebration.

April 7, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm

Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Bicentennial Theme Semester Event: You Are Invited

English Department Book Exchange

Posted: 2/23/2017 4:23:24 PM

Join the English Department for our inaugural Book Exchange!  This event is open to students, faculty and staff!

WHEN:  Friday, March 10, 2017
              12:00-2:00 PM

WHERE: 3241 Angell Hall


Daniel Hack: The Sellout and a tradition of black anglophilia

Posted: 10/31/2016 1:28:37 PM

Daniel Hack is the author of Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature, an examination of the intricate ways in which Victorian literature was put to use in African American literature and print culture throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This year’s recipient of the Man Booker Prize, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, honors that tradition in subtle but undeniable ways.

For the first 34 years of its existence, only novelists from Great Britain and certain Commonwealth counties were eligible for the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world. In 2014, eligibility was extended to all novelists writing in English, a controversial change that dismayed many worried about the reach of American culture, or simply loathe to dilute this highly successful means of celebrating and publicizing anglophone fiction produced in places other than the U.S. Sure enough, this week the prize went to an American, with Paul Beatty winning for The Sellout, a gleefully satirical novel in which an African American narrator recounts his attempt to reinstitute segregation and even slavery in a “ghetto” on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Yet instead of simply confirming American cultural hegemony or, alternatively, the meaninglessness of national boundaries in this age of global literature, the choice of The Sellout calls attention to the distinctive and important historical relationship between African American literature and British literature, and between African American writers and Great Britain. The Sellout references and revives this history, in ways both pointed and hilarious.


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